Wednesday, August 30, 2006

OSHA Adds Flexography Module to Printing Industry Ergonomics eTool

New ergonomics training for printing industry ...

"OSHA today launched a new Flexography Module as part of its interactive web-based training tool Ergonomics in the Printing Industry eTool. The module and the eTool are products of the agency's Alliance with the Graphic Arts Coalition.

"This is an important addition to a valuable resource that helps educate employees and their employers about avoiding ergonomic-related injuries in the printing industry," said OSHA Administrator Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "The flexography module builds on the practical information in the eTool that shows how workers can make simple ergonomic improvements to avoid hazards on the job."

Flexography is a versatile printing process that can be used on a variety of materials of varying sizes, including cereal boxes, bottle labels, potato chip bags, frozen food bags, corrugated boxes, newspapers and grocery bags. While there are significant variations in the process, the new tool simplifies the operation into three broad categories: prepress, press, and postpress.

The eTool focuses on providing employees involved in printing processes with information on preventing musculoskeletal disorders that may result from workplace activities, including lifting heavy items, lifting too often, or working in awkward body postures."   (Continued via Yahoo! News)   [Ergonomics Resources]

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